Use Windows File Explorer to connect to your FTP account

Windows File Explorer is the default file manager in Windows 10. Many persons don’t know that File Explorer can also be used as a FTP Manager.

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used for the transfer of computer files between a client and server on a computer network.

To connect to your web hosting account via FTP with File Explorer:

    1.  Open Windows File Explorer (or My Computer in previous Windows versions)
    2.  In the top address bar type your server address – like or ftp://IP and press the Enter key or click the Go button from the right side.
      file explorer url
    3. Enter the username and the password for your FTP account and click the Log On button. 
      ftp file explorer login
    4. Connection will be established and you will see the contents of your account.
      file explorer ftp
    5. When you finish working with the remote files, just close the File Explorer window.
Notice that most of the FTP servers don’t accept the anonymously connection, so don’t check the Log on anonymously option.

The movie tutorial for this post:

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How to force HTTPS via .htaccess

Nowadays most web browsers will show a warning when you visit a site that is not using an SSL certificate. The message looks like in Chrome Web Browser:

chrome insecure site

Your connection to the site is not secure.
You should not enter any sensitive information on this site (for example, passwords or credit cards), because it could be stolen by attackers.

To fix this message you should install an SSL certificate. You can buy one, or if you are using cPanel, you can ask your host to install one for free for you. cPanel offers free SSL certificates (powered by Comodo).

When loading the same site – which now have an SSL certificate installed – you will see:

chrome secure site

Secure connection.
Your information (for example, passwords or credit card numbers) is private when it is sent to this site.

Now you probably will want to redirect requests made to http to https. Do do this, edit the .htaccess file in your site’s and add the following lines to the beginning of it (replace with your domain name):

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

If you don’t want to use www in URLs, use:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$$1 [R=301,L]

Related KB article: How to force www or non-www URLs for your domain via .htaccess in cPanel

What’s the domain?

Have you ever asked what the domain represents? We will give you some details here. (, are domains that can be used as examples in documents/papers/websites etc. They were specifically created by IANA to be used as example domains.

IANA is an acronym for Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. For more information check their website.

So, if you navigate in your browser to  you will see a webpage with a simple message:

Example Domain

This domain is established to be used for illustrative examples in documents. You may use this domain in examples without prior coordination or asking for permission. domain

Clicking on the More information link you are redirected to IANA’s webpage at Here we find the purpose of the example domains:

As described in RFC 2606 and RFC 6761, a number of domains such as and are maintained for documentation purposes. These domains may be used as illustrative examples in documents without prior coordination with us. They are not available for registration or transfer.

In RFC 6761 at clause 6.5 we find considerations for the example reserved domains:

6.5. Domain Name Reservation Considerations for Example Domains

The domains “example.”, “”, “”,
“”, and any names falling within those domains, are
special in the following ways:

1. Users SHOULD understand that example names are reserved for use
in documentation.

2. Application software SHOULD NOT recognize example names as
special and SHOULD use example names as they would other domain

3. Name resolution APIs and libraries SHOULD NOT recognize example
names as special and SHOULD NOT treat them differently. Name
resolution APIs SHOULD send queries for example names to their
configured caching DNS server(s).

4. Caching DNS servers SHOULD NOT recognize example names as special
and SHOULD resolve them normally.

5. Authoritative DNS servers SHOULD NOT recognize example names as

6. DNS server operators SHOULD be aware that example names are
reserved for use in documentation.

7. DNS Registries/Registrars MUST NOT grant requests to register
example names in the normal way to any person or entity. All
example names are registered in perpetuity to IANA:


Domain Name: EXAMPLE.COM
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 26-mar-2004
Creation Date: 14-aug-1995
Expiration Date: 13-aug-2011

IANA currently maintains a web server providing a web page explaining
the purpose of example domains.

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